Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell sideline England to win Ashes if Ben Stokes did not feature in England squad following a street brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol.
Earlier Stokes was named in England squad for the Ashes starting in November but was suspended on Thursday until further investigation into the incident.
In an interview to Sydney Daily Telegraph Chappell told: “They can’t win without him (Stokes) for a number of reasons.”
“Obviously his ability is the main thing, but also, he’s a match-winning player and those sort of players drag the rest along with them and make them better.
“He’s probably one of those players inspired by playing against the better teams and again that has an effect to the fellas that don’t have that sort of confidence. I don’t think they’ve got a hope in hell without him,” he said further.
With less than two months left in the first Ashes test, it is a big blow for England ahead of Ashes as no one can replace him in all-around capabilities.
Another former Australian captain Allan Border think that the Ashes series would be spoiled without ben stokes.
“He is one of those cricketers you would go to watch play. He’s just got something about him, the aggressive nature of his cricket is exciting and it would be a real blow if he doesn’t come,” he said.
Stokes is a prime member in the squad for England in all format, in 39 Tests, he has scored 2,429 runs and picked up 95 wickets.